Detroit forms partnership to use new technology to find lead service lines while saving money

DETROIT – Detroit is taking proactive action as multiple communities in Michigan face confrontation Problems with lead water.

Several cities in Michigan have reported lead in their drinking water. Recent situations got involved Hammamck and Benton Harbor.

Palencia Mobley is Deputy Director and Chief Engineer at Detroit Water and Sewage Agency.


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Mobley said the partnership will allow them to determine the inventory of leading service lines in Detroit. Mobley expects the partnership will enable them to meet government regulations at a reasonable cost.

“Michigan has the strictest lead and copper rule in the country. This rule requires that public utilities replace all leading utility lines that run from the aqueduct into a property all the way up into the property, ”Mobley said.

Mobley said the partnership will save Detroit around $ 165 million. BlueConduit’s Eric Schwartz said they can effectively and quickly identify the locations of the leading service lines.

“We will be able to do this by working with the city, with the ministry, collecting data and making recommendations on which houses and blocks in the neighborhoods to visit. To check this line and eventually replace it. So we’ll do our best to leverage all of the data science, data machine learning, expertise, and software. That we designed it to reduce the time Detroit residents lived on lead, ”Schwartz said.


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